Non-5e publishers have had an excellent start to the year, thanks to the OGL crisis. Goodman Games, the publisher of Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC), has timed Dungeon Denizens well. The Kickstarter has stats and VTT support for 500 monsters in both DCC and 5e. It’s raised more than $250,000 and counting.
The book will have a retail version, but Kickstarter backers will get a special monster and can upgrade to a limited edition and reptile-skin cover.
The full-colour hardcover will also be available as a PDF and with VTT tokens. There are dice, a GM screen, a t-shirt and cardstock pawns.
Goodman Games say they worked with their printer to find the best possible custom materials for the hardback and that the reptile-skin version uses a bookbinding technique called Pythore.
Backing the project at just $1 will get you into the add-ons and, of course, backer alerts.
The PDF is the first reward, and that kicks in at $30. There are two $30 tiers, one for 5e and one for DCC. As it stands now, the 5e version is nearly twice as popular as the DCC. Alternatively, DCC is fewer than 100 backers behind 5e. Make of that market share analysis what you will!
There’s a difference in print prices. The DCC book and PDF combo unlocks to backers at $49, and the 5e book with PDF extra is $59. Again, make of what you will.
The $10 difference persists for the reptile-hide edition, with the DCC exclusive and PDF set being the reward for $64 backers, while the 5e version is $74.
That’s just the start of the pledge ladder, though. The print-add ons join the rewards at $179 or $189, the cardstock at $189 or $199 and the t-shirt (which I rather fancy) included at $269 or $279. The twist? By accident or by design, the DCC edition is now the one that’s $10 more expensive.
There’s a retailer tier and a get-it-all at $499, which more than 20 fans have gone for.
Goodman Games have a July 2024 release date attached to every tier.
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